WEEK IN WOMEN news roundup: ’9 to 5’ sequel to reunite original trio, ‘Charlie’s Angels’ reboot in the works, ‘RGB’ and ‘Ocean’s 8’ get home-release dates

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From left, Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton and Jane Fonda star in the 1980 film "9 to 5." Twentieth Century Fox photo

From left, Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton and Jane Fonda star in the 1980 film “9 to 5.” Twentieth Century Fox photo

The hours may be different these days, but Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin and Dolly Parton are going back to work for a “9 to 5” sequel.

And for better or worse, a follow-up to the beloved 1980 workplace revenge comedy couldn’t be timelier.

According to EW.com, Fonda confirmed last week that a long-awaited sequel to the original hit is moving ahead, with the screen legend poised to again appear opposite fellow icons Parton and Tomlin.

“My role is as an executive producer, and I’m working with the writers, with Lily, and talking to the writers,” Fonda told reporters at the Television Critics Association panel for her new HBO documentary “Jane Fonda in Five Acts.” “Right now, Dolly, Lily and I are all intending to be in it.”

News that a “9 to 5” follow-up could be in the works was initially reported earlier this year, when Rashida Jones became attached to co-write a script with original screenwriter Patricia Resnick. At the time, Parton expressed interest in reprising her role in the sequel; she, Tomlin and Fonda have remained friends since joining forces in the first “9 to 5.”

In the 1980 comedy, they played three female employees at Consolidated Companies who tired of dealing with their “sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot” boss (Dabney Coleman) and eventually tied him up and took over the company themselves.

The follow-up will reportedly take place at the same office but update the workplace comedy for modern times, reflecting contemporary conversations around the wage gap and sexual harassment. According to EW.com, Fonda suggested that the sequel could explore how technology and corporate voyeurism have complicated contemporary workplace dynamics.

“I’m sorry to say the situation is worse today,” she said, teasing how a follow-up could expand on the story of the first film. “Today a lot of the workforce is hired by an outside company. Who do you talk to if you have a problem?”

The two-time Oscar was asked at the panel about sexual harassment — a key component to Coleman’s character in the first film — and Fonda expressed optimism in the wake of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements.

“I do think sexual harassment will tend to drop,” she said, smiling. “Guys are scared.”

If a “9 to 5” sequel ends up clocking into theaters – and I certainly hope it does — it will reunite Fonda and Tomlin back in cinemas after starring together on the Netflix series “Grace and Frankie,” which is set to return for its fifth season next year.

Actor/director Elizabeth Banks appears in a scene from 2015's "Pitch Perfect 2," which she also directed Banks will again direct and act in the reboot of "Charlie's Angels." Universal Pictures photo

Actor/director Elizabeth Banks appears in a scene from 2015′s “Pitch Perfect 2,” which she also directed Banks will again direct and act in the reboot of “Charlie’s Angels.” Universal Pictures photo

‘Charlie’s Angels’ reboot has its team, including a woman director and Bosley

Kristen Stewart, best known for her roles in “The Twilight Saga” “Personal Shopper” and “Clouds of Sils Maria”; Naomi Scott, who stars as Jasmine in Disney’s upcoming “Aladdin” remake; and British newcomer Ella Balinska have been cast as the new team in the latest iteration of “Charlie’s Angels.”

Along with multiple behind-the-scenes roles, Elizabeth Banks (“Pitch Perfect 2”), who is directing the project, will have a part in front of the camera: She will play Bosley, the face of Charlie Townsend, the enigmatic and never-seen owner of the titular detective agency, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The movie will be based on the popular 1976-1981 TV series, created by Ivan Goff and Ben Roberts, that originally starred Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett and Jaclyn Smith, and later Cheryl Ladd, Shelley Hack and Tanya Roberts.

The concept was first rebooted for the big screen in 2000 and 2003 with Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu playing the Los Angeles detectives; Bill Murray playing Bosley in the first and the late Bernie Mac in the sequel; and McG directing.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the new story takes the detective agency premise global, with the Townsend Agency being reconfigured as a security and intelligence service with teams around the world. The movie will focus on one of those teams and the next generation of Angels.

“Charlie’s Angels, for me, is one of the original brands to celebrate the empowered woman since its debut in the ’70s,” Banks said Thursday in a statement. “This film honors the legacy of Charles Townsend and his agency while introducing a new era of modern and global Angels. I couldn’t be more excited to work with Kristen, Naomi and Ella to bring this chapter to fans around the world.”

In addition to directing and acting on the project, Banks wrote the latest draft of the script with Jay Basu (“The Girl in the Spider’s Web”), working off of earlier drafts by Craig Mazin and Semi Chellas.

Banks is also producing the project with husband Max Handelman via their Brownstone Productions banner, as well as Doug Belgrad, who is co-financing through his 2.0 Entertainment, and Elizabeth Cantillon.

Sony has set a Sept. 27, 2019, release date.

"RBG" Arrives on Digital HD Aug. 3 and Blu-ray DVD Aug 28. Magnolia Home Entertainment photo

“RBG” Arrives on Digital HD Aug. 3 and Blu-ray DVD Aug 28. Magnolia Home Entertainment photo

Femme-centric films ‘RBG’ and ‘Ocean’s 8’ get home release dates

Two of this year’s femme-centric films have home release dates.

Inspired by the life of U.S. Supreme Court Justice and pop culture icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg, “RBG” arrives on Digital HD and on Blu-ray and DVD next month from Magnolia Home Entertainment.

From Directors Betsy West (“Makers: Women Who Make America”) and Julie Cohen (“American Veteran,” “The Sturgeon Queens”), and produced by Storyville Films and CNN Films, the powerful documentary follows the life of Ginsburg from her childhood to her career as a groundbreaking attorney, to her current role as a Supreme Court Justice.

The 85-year-old’s legacy thrives as she continues her role as one of the most prominent Supreme Court Justices of our time. Affectionately nicknamed “Notorious RBG,” she is known to many as a pop culture icon, but few are aware of her personal journey toward becoming the phenomenon she is today. Featuring interviews with Ginsburg and those closest to her, “RBG” highlights the Supreme Court Justice’s untold story and the battles she’s faced in and outside of courtroom.

In “RBG’s” featured home video collections, Academy Award, Golden Globe and Grammy Award-winning actress and singer Jennifer Hudson sings the film’s original song, “I’ll Fight.” The stirring and powerful original song was written and arranged by the nine-time Academy Award-nominated and Grammy, Emmy and Golden Globe-winning songwriter Diane Warren.

The release will offer special features including deleted and extended scenes and additional interviews. “RBG” arrives on Digital HD via iTunes, Prime Video, FandangoNOW, Google Play and additional digital retailers on Aug. 3. The documentary will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on Aug. 28.

The documentary’s home release is planned about four months before the theatrical bow of director Mimi Leder’s Ginsburg biopic “On the Basis of Sex,” starring Felicity Jones, Armie Hammer and Justin Theroux. It is due in theaters Dec. 25.

“Ocean’s Eight” will be released on Digital on Aug. 21 and on 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD on Sept. 11. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment photo

“Ocean’s Eight” will be released on Digital on Aug. 21 and on 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD on Sept. 11. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment photo

The action adventure “Ocean’s 8” also is due out soon on 4K UHD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD Special Edition and Digital.

Sandra Bullock (“Gravity,” “The Blind Side,” “The Proposal”), Cate Blanchett (“Carol,” “Blue Jasmine,” “The Aviator”), Anne Hathaway (“Les Misérables,” “Interstellar,” “The Dark Knight Rises”), Mindy Kaling (“A Wrinkle in Time,” TV’s “The Mindy Project,” TV’s “The Office”), Sarah Paulson (“12 Years a Slave,” “Mud,” TV’s “American Horror Story”), Awkwafina (“Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising,” TV’s “Tawk”), Rihanna (“Battleship,” Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” “Home”) and Helena Bonham Carter (“Les Misérables,” “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” “Fight Club”) team up in a spin-off of the 2001 remake of “Ocean’s Eleven” and its sequels.

The film follows Debbie Ocean (Bullock)— sister of George Clooney’s Danny Ocean – as she is released from prison and begins putting in motion the greatest heist of her storied career. She knows what it’s going to take—a team of the best in their field, starting with her former partner-in-crime Lou (Blanchett). Together, they recruit a crew of specialists: jeweler Amita (Kaling), street con Constance (Awkwafina), expert fence Tammy (Paulson), hacker Nine Ball (Rihanna) and fashion designer Rose Weil (Carter). The target is $150 million in diamonds—diamonds that will adorn the neck of world-famous actress Daphne Kluger (Hathaway), who will be center stage at the event of the year, the Met Gala. Their plan appears rock solid, but it will need to be flawless if the team is to get in and get away—all in plain sight.

Gary Ross (“Seabiscuit,” “The Hunger Games,” “Pleasantville”) directed “Ocean’s 8” from a screenplay he co-wrote with Olivia Milch from an original story by Ross. Steven Soderbergh and Susan Ekins produced the film. Michael Tadross, Diana Alvarez, Jesse Ehrman and Bruce Berman served as executive producers, with Milch co-producing.

Ross’s behind-the-scenes team included director of photography Eigil Bryld (“In Bruges”), production designer Alex DiGerlando (“Beasts of the Southern Wild”), Oscar-nominated editor Juliette Welfling (“The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”), costume designer Sarah Edwards (“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”), and composer Daniel Pemberton (“Steve Jobs”). “Ocean’s 8” is based on characters created by George Clayton Johnson and Jack Golden Russell.

“Ocean’s 8” will be available in 4K UHD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD Special Edition on Sept. 11 The 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack features an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc with the film in 4K with HDR, a Blu-ray disc of the film and special features and a Digital version of the movie. The Blu-ray Combo Pack features a Blu-ray disc of the film and special features in hi-definition, a DVD with the film in standard definition and a Digital version of the movie. The DVD Special Edition features a DVD with the film in standard definition and a second DVD with special features in standard definition, according to a news release.

The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc of “Ocean’s 8” will feature Dolby Vision HDR that expands the color palette and contrast range and uses dynamic metadata to automatically optimize the picture for every screen, frame by frame. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc of “Ocean’s 8” will also feature a Dolby Atmos soundtrack remixed specifically for the home theater environment to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead. To experience Dolby Atmos at home, a Dolby Atmos enabled AV receiver and additional speakers are required, or a Dolby Atmos enabled sound bar. Dolby Atmos soundtracks are also fully backward compatible with traditional audio configurations and legacy home entertainment equipment.

“Ocean’s 8” also will be available on Movies Anywhere.

On Aug. 21, “Ocean’s 8” will be available to own in high definition and standard definition from select digital retailers including Amazon, FandangoNow, iTunes, PlayStation, Vudu, Xbox and others. On Sept. 11, “Ocean’s 8” will be made available digitally on Video On Demand services from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming consoles.

-BAM

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